Black Bean Brownies!
This is the quickest and easiest way to make healthier Black Bean Brownies.
1 box brownie mix (choose your favorite)
1 15 ounce can black beans (low sodium or regular)
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Pour the black beans into a strainer, and rinse them well. Put the beans back in the can and add enough water to cover beans. Put the beans into a food processor and make a black bean puree (they will turn a grayish, brown color and you should only be able to see flecks of the beans). Add plain brownie box mix to black bean puree and stir until combined and smooth. Add your nuts now if desired, or sprinkle them on top before cooking. Pour into lightly oiled 8 X 8 baking pan. Bake brownies according to package directions. I find I usually need to add a bit more cooking time. Just cook them until you can insert a toothpick or knife into the center of the brownies and it comes out clean. Makes 20 lower calories, lower fat, lower sodium, high protein, high fiber Black Bean Brownies!
These Black Bean Brownies will vary depending on the brand and type of Brownie Mix that you choose. All the ones we've tried have been quite tasty! They are a bit more dense than regular brownies, but they taste great and you can really enjoy the chocolate flavor without all the calories! I have shared them with numerous friends and they all love them. I make them try to guess what the secret ingredient is. No one has guessed it yet. They are all amazed when I tell them they are Black Beans Brownies!
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Fudgy Black Bean Brownies and Banana Treat
2 cups cooked black beans or canned no-salt-added or low-sodium black beans, drained
10 Medjool dates
2 tbsp raw almond butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup natural, non-alkalized cocoa powder
1 tbsp ground chia seed
Raspberries or other berries for topping
2 frozen bananas
Handful of blueberries
A few walnuts
Preheat oven to 200° F.
Blend the black beans, dates, almond butter and vanilla in a food processor or high powered blender until smooth.
Add the remaining ingredients and blend again. Pour into a very lightly oiled 8 x 8 inch baking pan and bake for 1 1/2 hours.
Cool completely before cutting into small squares. Top with raspberries or other berries.
Blend bananas, blueberries, and walnuts in a high speed blender.
Pair the banana treat with the warm brownies and enjoy!
Fudgy Black Bean Brownie Recips from Dr. Joel Fuhrman.
Bean Brownies are just plain good no matter what kind of beans you use. I just wanted to encourage everyone again to try other types of bean brownie variations with your brownie recipes and other kinds of box mixes. I made banana bread from a box mix and a can of northern beans and it was really good! Everyone really enjoyed it. Go ahead and experiment with different brownie mixes, different beans, and other types of box mixes. They will most likely be heavier than the original recipes but the tase and flavor is still there. You won't be sorry!
Here is the Weight Watchers Black Bean Brownies Recipe
||2 sprayscooking spray, flour-variety recommended
||1/2 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
||1/4 cup black coffee, strong
||1/2 cup unsalted butter
||4 oz bittersweet chocolate
||4 large eggs
||1 1/4 cups sugar
||1 tsp vanilla extract
||1/8 tsp table salt
||1 cup all-purpose flour
- Preheat oven to 350ºF. Coat a 9- X 13-inch pan with cooking spray; line with aluminum foil and coat foil with cooking spray.
- In a blender or mini food processor, process beans with coffee until smooth; set aside.
- In a double boiler over very low heat, melt butter and chocolate.
- Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, beat eggs and sugar until light and fluffy. With mixer on low speed, add melted chocolate to eggs; incorporate well. Add black bean mixture, vanilla and salt; mix well. Add flour; combine thoroughly on low speed.
- Pour batter into prepared pan and bake until a tester inserted in center of brownies comes out clean, about 25 to 30 minutes. Remove pan to a cooling rack. After 10 minutes, remove brownies from pan by pulling up on foil and placing brownies on cooling rack to cool more. Cut into 24 pieces and serve. Yields 1 piece per serving.
- Customize this basic recipe with instant espresso, a teaspoon of cinnamon or 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Great served with whipped cream or powdered sugar, or topped with walnuts (could affect Weight Watchers PointsPlus values).
PointsPlus™ Value: 4
Preparation Time: 7 min
Cooking Time: 33 min
Level of Difficulty: Easy
I have now made Black Bean Brownies with numerous kinds of brownie mixes, and numerous kinds of beans and they all turned out very good. So be adventurous and experiment with whatever kind of brownie mix and whatever kind of healthy bean you have in your cabinet.
I have used all kinds of beans:
- black beans,
- white beans,
- navy beans,
- northern beans,
- cannellini beans,
- and more.
I find that you usually have to cook Bean Brownies a little longer than whatever it recommends on the box. Bean Brownies are denser than a regular brownie, but they are all very good and a wonderful way to take care of that craving for chocolate that comes along too often. I have given them to dozens of people to try and they all liked them. Not one person has ever guessed the secret ingredient. In fact, if you don't say anything, people will just think they are regular brownies! You are serving a healthy brownie that tastes good and has fiber and protein to boot!
Make Some Black Bean Brownies with Zucchini
Make some nutritious Black Bean Brownies with Zucchini by adding 3/4 cup shredded zucchini to the Simple Black Bean Brownie Recipe. This is an easy way to boost your nutrition and add more fiber, Vitamin C, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory properties. Just cut up your zucchini and add it to the black beans while you puree them in your food processor. The Black Bean Brownies with Zucchini will be a little more dense, but they are still quite tasty with a great chocolate flavor.
Zucchini is a delicious, versatile summer squash. It is considered both a fruit and a vegetable in some circles. It is a narrow squash that resembles a cucumber. The skin of the zucchini is thin and can be either green or yellow. It can be either striped, speckled or mostly solid green. The flesh is creamy white in color and contains numerous seeds. It is best to use a smaller zucchini in most recipes as they are usually milder tasting. The larger ones tend to be tougher and the mature seeds can be bitter. Six to eight inch zucchinis are usually good to use in most reccipes. A cup of sliced zucchini has only 20 calories, 4.2 carbs, and 1.4 gm of fiber. Zucchini can be used in everything from entrees to desserts. Give them a try if you haven't cooked with them.
You can make Black Bean Brownies with Zucchini by adding zucchini to the Simple Black Bean Brownies Recipe or make some delicious Zucchini Brownies from scratch!
On his show today, Dr. Oz said to eat lots of beans to boost your metabolism. So make some Black Bean Brownies and Boost Up Your Metabolism! From Dr.Oz's website: Beans are chockfull of soluble fiber to help lower insulin levels so you store less fat and also feel fuller. Eat 2 cups of red, white or black beans to get your recommended daily fiber intake of 25 grams.
Do Black Bean Brownies cause gas?
This is the most common questions people have about Black Bean Brownies.
The answer is easy…
NO! NO! NO! The black beans are pureed. This breaks down the fiber before you eat them.
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Follow the Simple Black Bean Brownie Recipe above to make more delicious Brownie variations:
Use canellini beans instead of black beans. Add 1 tsp. lemon extract, 2 tsp. ground ginger and zest of one lemon to bean mixture. Top with sliced almonds.
Use canellini beans instead of black beans. Add 1 tsp. orange extract, 2 tsp. ground ginger and zest of one orange to bean mixture. Top with minced dried cranberries.
Use canellini beans instead of black beans. Add 1 tsp. almond to bean mixture. Top with minced dried cherries and sliced almonds.
Use canellini beans instead of black beans. Add 1 cup pumpkin puree, 1/4 tsp ground ginger, 2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp cloves, 1/4 tsp nutmeg and 1/4 tsp salt to bean mixture. Top with chopped pecans.
Use canellini beans instead of black beans. Add 1 cup unsweetened applesauce, 1/4 tsp ground ginger, 2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp cloves, 1/4 tsp nutmeg and 1/4 tsp salt to bean mixture. Top with chopped walnuts.